Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tablescape Thursday - In the "garden"

Today is Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan of "Between Naps On The Porch" - she always has the most amazing tablescapes and invites us to join in the fun. This Summer I've really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful garden spots many of my fellow bloggers have. They've made some beautiful retreats in their own backyards. I don't have a lovely spot anywhere in my backyard - so I've created a "garden spot" on my table this week.

We're approaching the garden gate.

A bird's eye view of the garden. I love this tablecloth I found a few weeks ago at Goodwill for $2 -- not a spot nor a hole anywhere!

Looks like we may have to pay a "treat toll" to get into the garden. Our gatekeeper is a friendly fella.

We have so many flowers in our pretend garden that we've got a whole wheelbarrow full!

Looks like the Target birdies are enjoying our little garden.

And this little guy certainly knows how to spend the "dog days" of Summer ... napping on his little garden bench.

Of course we have a pretty birdbath in the garden too. All the items for this centerpiece were found in thrift/antique stores or Goodwill (except the Target birdies)

I used two different sets of dishes for this tablescape. The first placesetting has our floral napkin (these are fingertip towels I got over 24 years ago in San Francisco). The napkin rings were a find this Spring in a local antique shop. My bamboo flatware from Marshalls.

These little green salad plates I found at Goodwill this past March when I was looking for some green plates for a St. Patrick's day dinner. My charger/dinner plate is from the Big Lot's Gibson collection.

Here's a different garden look with my second place setting.

These are the Gibson salad plates I found on eBay a few weeks ago. Which do you prefer? Green or pink?

These are my everyday Libby glasses I've had for years. The floral paper napkins (my two napkin rule) were a hostess gift from one of my guests at the "Granny Gathering" I had last month. Perfect for our garden spot.

Looks like nightfall on our garden.

And all the stars are twinkling.

Shhhhhh! Our little friend is still napping in the moonlight.

Goodnight from the garden.

Be sure to check out all the other tablescapes over at "Between Naps On The Porch" -- you'll find a place set just for you!

See ya!


  1. Oh I do so love this pretty garden setting. Your sweet gate, birds and the precious little puppy are all so cute. I can't decide between the dishes, I think both the pink and the green are just lovely. Wonderful tablescape. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hi Martha !
    Love that table, really love it in candlelight !

  3. This is so pretty, very imaginative too. Love the pastel colors, and your center piece is adorable.

  4. Such a pretty table. I love the centerpiece, especially the dog who is guarding the gate!


  5. Wonderful table, Martha. I love that overhead shot. I keep thinking I'll climb up on something and get a good overhead shot of one my tables. J would have to hang on to me, though!

  6. oh! so pretty in the candlelight, too! that is a good idea to show both ways! Happy TT!


  7. How cute! Love the little dog figurines.

  8. The "Goodnight from the Garden" photo is amazing! Beautiful table!

  9. A pretty garden tablescape. If you can't go to the garden, bring the garden to you!

  10. Such a pretty table and the candle light shot is gorgeous! I love all the little details, looks like we both had gardens in mind this week! Hugs, Cindy

  11. Exquisite centerpiece and tablescape!

  12. Your table is very pretty and I love it all lit up with the candles. I have a thing for birds lately and adore your collection. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love the 2-napkin rule! :) and the sleeping dog! Very pretty!

  14. You've created such a pretty garden oasis right on your table! I love it!
    And I love both green and pink and they look so pretty together, you'd have to pick for me because I would be so undecided which pretty place setting to seat myself at!
    Really wonderful job you did here! I enjoyed this a lot!
    Very nice blog too!
    I have a lunch date today but I'll be back to read more!
    Thanks for visiting me and leaving a kind comment!
    All the best,

  15. It is always nice to dine in the garden, even when the garden is brought in doors. Lovely job, lovely table. Thanks for sharing.

  16. It is so nice to meet you.What a darling tablescape. I love your tablescloth, it is so perfect for your scheme. The bamboo flatware is on my list of things to get.. Adored the dog guarding the gate to the entrance of the garden. Great presentation..
    hugs ~lynne~

  17. This is just TRULY out and out precious! I smiled all the way through reading and looking at every single detail. You know what I was thinking as I looked: all these things would be PERFECT for a galvanized tub fairy garden! I have a tub I'm getting ready to create one out of when I gather enough little goodies like you have. The table cloth is very nice. I would have paid much more for it. I love every single thing about this, especially as it makes my gardener heart go pitter-patter with love!

  18. What SWEET touchs! I love detail and that little picket fence...tiny doggie...appliqued napkins...all of it...is just precious! I was not up to trying to do something this week..but hopefully next week. I LOVE your sweet blog, Martha!! :)
    Hugs and more hugs..

  19. Love this! We got to dine outside without mosquitoes and the heat. :-) Darling tablesetting, Martha...love your whimsy! :-) Susan

  20. Love your garden gate setting, Martha! I enjoyed hearing about all your thrifted bargains, too!

  21. I love your little garden! It's so precious! Such a pretty setting!!!!

  22. This is really cute! I love the garden gate and all the accessories surrounding it!


  23. Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you'll come back often. I truly enjoy thrifting, there's nothing like finding treasure (for pennies) that others cast off or overlooked.

    I like both of your placesettings but the pink roses would be my favorite.

  24. Your Garden Tablescape is lovely. I really like the centerpiece it is very cute.

  25. How cute I love it all...The little dogs just steal the show. Please do stop over to my place for coffee and cake...

  26. Your table is so whimsical! The centerpiece will certainly be a conversation starter. The dogs are adorable...

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  27. Hi Martha,
    It looks charming, both in the daytime and by candlelight! You've included so many appealing items. Nicely done!

  28. Completely charming! The garden is just perfect to relax in on these hot summer days. I like the green plates for they are a cool hued color.

  29. Martha, I wish I had the foresight to have bought finger towels in four's to use as napkins! Stop by Applejack Lane real soon.

  30. Hi Martha! Oh, I love your table. Love those pretty little embroidered towels as napkins. I have a couple of these. You've got great vision! Have a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)